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Dejan Kravic helped put Westminster secondary school basketball on the map and in so doing strengthened the increasing reputation of the sport in London.
Now the 26-year-old is looking to share some of that knowledge as he holds his first basketball clinic at the high school where he had so much success.
“I’ve done so many camps as a camp instructor but this is the first one as a camp leader,” Kravic said. “I’ve worked North Pole Hoops camp, Tubby Smith summer camp, York Lions summer camp. I love kids so much. I love working with them. As camp leader it’s going to be awesome.”
Kravic is Serbian. The seven-footer played his basketball at York University and with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Since graduating from university, he’s played in several leagues in Europe. He had to leave Europe early last year to rehab injuries.
“But I’m healthy now,” he said. “I’ll be going back to Europe this year. I have a couple of places to play and I expect to sign a contract in the next few days.”
Kravic played in Greece the previous two years.
But before he heads back to Europe he has his camp and a side trip to Las Vegas, where Kravic will play in the West Regional of The Basketball Tournament. The winning team in the tournament gets $2 million while the second-place team gets nothing.
Kravic will play on a team put together by Jimmer Fredette, the 10th player picked in the 2011 NBA draft out of Brigham Young.
The Basketball Tournament starts as a 64-team field split into four regions: Northeast, Midwest, West and South. Most of the teams are selected by fan votes, with a few at-large teams filling out each region. The more votes a team garners, the easier it is to get in.
“I’m not sure how it was that Jimmer Fredette picked me but they contacted me and I’m leaving Thursday,” Kravic said.
When he returns it will be full speed ahead on his clinic at Westminster. It will be July 25-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s open to boys and girls between the ages of nine-to-14. It’s $150 with lunch provided every day and a souvenir T-shirt along with other prizes.
Players can register through facebook.com/dkskillsacademy; email is firstname.lastname@example.org; or telephone 226-339-6931.
Kravic started to play basketball around the time he turned nine. Soccer was his go-to sport until he began playing basketball.
“It would be great to get as many kids as possible because it will be a good time and so next year they’ll want to come back because they learned something,” Kravic said. “It’s for all skill levels. We’ll do drills, have competitions; it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
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